Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness has come up before Me.” Jonah 1:1-2 NKJV
Jonah was called to be a prophet to the Assyrian city of Nineveh. The people of Nineveh were the enemies of God’s people. They were hated and despised by Israel.
When God sent Jonah to call Nineveh to repentance Jonah disobeyed. Jonah fled in the opposite direction. Through a series of circumstances brought about by God Jonah repented. Jonah surrendered to God’s will for His life. He called the people of Nineveh to repentance.
When Jonah preached to the people of Nineveh they repented of their sin. Jonah was angry that God spared an evil city. He was angry that the Lord did not destroy them.
God is able to accomplish His plans for us even though we do not always walk in obedience to Him.
Jonah was a Godly man. He wanted to live for the Lord. He was willing to serve God as long as it did not take him out of his comfort zone. God saw something in Jonah he could not see in himself. God saw a man He could use to bring the capitol city of an evil nation to repentance.
God sees so much more in us than we can see in ourselves. Like a weapon fashioned by a master craftsman God is preparing us for the works He wants accomplish in us and through us. Jesus is forming His heart in us!
We should not despise people who do not know the Lord. People all over the world are committing all manner of evil deeds today. Jesus loves them. He wants to bring them to repentance and salvation. The Lord wants to have an intimate relationship with them!
Jesus loves the lost the lonely and the sinners of the world. Jesus does not want us to look down upon the people who need Him the most. Jesus wants us to love them. Ask Jesus to give you a heart for the lost the lonely and the brokenhearted.
Jonah did not believe he could love the people of Nineveh. There are people you and I may think we cannot love. With God all things are possible. Jesus can soften our hard hearts.
Jesus can teach us to love the unlovable, use us to reach the lost, come alongside the lonely and comfort the brokenhearted!
Jesus wants to take us out of our comfort zone. The Lord can use us despite of our selfish desires. Jesus can accomplish His plans for us even though we disobey Him at times. That is not an excuse for disobedience. It is an exhortation to work through it!
Trust Jesus enough to walk the path He chooses for you today and every day!
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